The U.S. National Under-17 Team continues its home stand with two United States Hockey League contests this weekend at USA Hockey Arena, while the U18s have a bye week.
SEEING STARS: The U17s host the Lincoln Stars at 7 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. The Stars sit atop the USHL Western Conference standings with a 6-1 record.
“Our players are realizing just how difficult it is to play in the USHL,” U17 coach Don Granato said. “Once again this week, we will face an experienced and older team. We will get a chance to spend time in practice this week working on different areas as well as getting some time in the weight room.”
The U17s dropped an 8-1 decision to Madison on Friday before earning a point in a 3-2 shootout loss to Madison on Saturday. Evan Barratt (Bristol, Pa.) tallied the lone goal while goalie Dylan St. Cyr (Northville, Mich.) made 18 saves on Friday. The next night, Adam Scheel (Lakewood, Ohio) stopped 42 shots while Graham Slaggert (South Bend, Ind.) and Barratt tallied the goals.
“I was really proud of our team’s effort on Saturday as we were able to pick up one point in league play,” Granato said. “They really responded after a tough outing on Friday.”
BYE WEEKEND: The U18s enjoy a bye weekend before returning to action Oct. 30 against the Chicago Steel at USA Hockey Arena.
The U18s earned back-to-back road wins over college opponents this past weekend, beating Boston University 7-4 on Friday and Dartmouth College 5-4 on Saturday.
Kieffer Bellows (Edina, Minn.) and Trent Frederic (St. Louis) each scored a pair of goals at BU. Will Lockwood (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Griffin Luce (Williamsville, N.Y.) and Casey Mittelstadt (Eden Prairie, Minn.) added single goals, while goalie Jake Oettinger (Lakeville, Minn.) had 41 saves.
Clayton Keller (Swansea, Ill.) tallied a pair of goals, including the game winner on the power play with 21 seconds left, at Dartmouth. Bellows had two goals and four points, while Adam Fox (Jericho, N.Y.) had the other goal in the win. Joseph Woll (St. Louis, Mo.) finished with 19 saves.
“For the guys, it is starting to show what they can do when we play two Division I opponents on back-to-back nights” said U18 coach Danton Cole, whose squad is 4-0-1 (W-L-T) in its last five games. “It was a tough test, but I thought we played well on the second night. It is a good sign of what we can do, and our players are starting to see that.
“It will be good to have a bye week. We can get some time off-ice and in the weight room. We can make some steps in where we want to be as a team.”
Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe (Eau Claire, Wis./2009-11) scored his first NHL goal on Thursday against the Florida Panthers. Click here for the video.
Detroit Red Wings rookie Dylan Larkin (Waterford, Mich./2012-14) has six points (2-4) in his first five NHL games, tying him for second among rookies, while his plus/minus rating of plus-7 places him first among rookies.
Former NTDP and current New Jersey Devils coach John Hynes (2003-09) picked up his first NHL win on Sunday as the Devils beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in overtime.
Frank Vatrano (East Longmeadow, Mass./2010-12) was selected as the CCM/American Hockey League Player of the Week for the period ending Oct. 11. Vatrano scored five goals in two games, including four goals against Portland on Oct. 11.
Kurt Kleinendorst, who coached the NTDP in 2009-10, was named a provisional assistant coach for the St. Cloud State University men's hockey team on Oct. 13. Kleinendorst will help coach the Huskies while full-time assistant coach Mike Gibbons recovers from hamstring surgery.
Former NTDP blueliner Christian Evers (Waukee, Iowa/2013-15) now plays for Lincoln. Evers was named CCM Defenseman of the Week for Sept. 21-27 within the USHL.
The U17s carry a 4-5-1 (W-L-OTL) record into this week.
Josh Norris (Oxford, Mich./5-2), Michael Pastujov (Bradenton, Fla./5-2) and Evan Barratt (4-3) sit atop the U17 leaderboard with seven points each. Grant Mismash (Edina, Minn./3-3) and Randy Hernandez (Miami, Fla./1-5) are tied for fourth with six points apiece.
In goal for the U17s, Dylan St. Cyr and Adam Scheel split time. St. Cyr is 1-3-1 with a 4.75 goals-against average and an .838 save percentage. Scheel is 3-1-1 with a 3.27 GAA and a .922 save percentage.
The U18s are 3-1-1 (W-L-T) against college opponents after earning back-to-back wins last weekend. Overall the U18s are 7-3-1 this season.
Clayton Keller (6-14) paces the U18s with 20 points while Kieffer Bellows (11-5) is second with 16 points. Adam Fox (1-9) sits third with 10 points. Will Lockwood (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./4-4) is fourth with eight points. Rounding out the top five are Trent Frederic (6-1) and Chad Krys (Ridgefield, Conn./1-6) with seven points each.
In goal for the U18s, Jake Oettinger is 5-3 with a 2.88 GAA and an .887 save percentage. Joseph Woll is 2-0-1 with a 2.23 GAA and a .911 save percentage.
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